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Hi I'm Teri Gunnell

I'm a mom, a grandma, a master gardener, a cook at a Baptist daycare center and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work with special needs, high school students. I enjoy cooking for friends but cleaning is a drag. I play in the dirt and make things grow. Mostly I love spending time with my children and grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

Years ago when I was a young mom I was reading the New Testament and wondering why I felt so removed from my Savior. I have always prayed and felt God cared about me but it just seemed that there was something missing in my relationship with Deity. I was confused by who God was to me and how my Savior felt about me. So I asked, "God is there something more, something I'm missing?" The next day the missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came to my door. During our discussions they introduced me to my Heavenly Father. They helped me understand how much He and my Savior, Jesus Christ, love me. It is still amazing to me that God knows me personally. I have had countless witnesses to the fact that He hears and answers prayers. Probably the most astonishing thing I learned from the missionaries was that I could be reunited with family members that have died and not in some mystical, general way, but truly know, love and relate to them as family in the Celestial Kingdom of God.

How I live my faith

Presently I am the president of our local woman's organization. I get to associate with women from 18-80+. What a blessing it is to meet together to study the scriptures, work on service projects or just socialize with these wonderful ladies. We have just wrapped up a project in which we collected items for newborns in need at a local hospital, school supplies for an inner city school, and items for The Ronald McDonald House. We try to learn skills that will strengthen our families and enrich our lives and the lives of others. We are planning next year to make every activity have a service goal to reach out to others who need a hand. I try to stay in touch with my Father in Heaven daily the same way I hope my children will stay in touch with me. I talk to Him through prayer and review what He has taught me through the scriptures and just taking daily stock of the blessings in my life. Every day has a new wonder, test or both, sometimes at the same time.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Teri Gunnell
Because the temple is a place of higher learning for members of our church it would be inappropriate for people who have not prepared themselves to attend. They would feel out of place and uncomfortable. Temples aren't places where secret things go on but sacred. Individuals receive instruction about their eternal possibilities. Couples are married and families are sealed together for eternity. Inside the walls of a dedicated temple the influences of the world are left behind. Because of this only those who have prepared themselves spiritually should attend. Temples are open to the public before they are dedicated so the their beauty and quiet elegance can be viewed. Show more Show less